ERIE COUNTY CHAMBER
The Erie County Chamber presents another Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Development Services Agency, will speak on Small Business Development. The Lunch & Learn includes a buffet-style lunch and educational seminar and will be held at Sandusky Yacht Club, 529 E. Water St., Sandusky.
Mihalik will detail initiatives in Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget that show our commitment to investing in Ohio communities.
Mihalik is the former mayor of Findlay and brings a local perspective to economic development. She will talk about the resources available to small businesses through the Development Services Agency, including access to business consulting services, help in entering international markets, assistance in landing government contracts, advice on increasing manufacturing productivity and much more.
Mihalik was the 55th Mayor of the City of Findlay, taking office on Jan. 1, 2012. She is the first woman to hold the city’s top post.
Mihalik gave special attention to issues of flood mitigation, job creation and improving the way that the city delivers services to their residents. She has been a strong proponent of the Small Business Development Center and workforce development, which is led in the city by a separate nonprofit called, Raise the Bar.
Mihalik is a 2010 graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute and a 2010 graduate of the Government Leadership Academy. She serves on the Hancock County Red Cross Board of Directors as well as Board of Directors for The Partnership for Excellence.
She is currently a board member for the Ohio Mayors Alliance, a collaboration of Ohio’s 20 largest cities, and has served on the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and appointed Chair of the USCM Standing Committee on Children, Health and Human Services. Since 2018, she has served as Vice-Chair of the USCM Women Mayors Leadership Alliance.
Prior to her election as Mayor, Mihalik was the Grant Administrator for the Hancock Regional Planning Commission where she was responsible for generating millions of dollars in grant revenue for local governments in the region. Mihalik and her husband, Drew, have three children, Joseph, Elizabeth and Delaney.
The cost for the event is $35 per person and guests must register in advance. Limited seating available, open to the public. Call Erie County Chamber of Commerce at 419-625-6421 to reserve your spot.